The faculty and staff at the American Massage & Bodywork Institute share the same vision: to enhance the student experience, and to provide the most talented and work-ready therapists in the country.
We strive to provide an elite education to individuals with a great interest in helping others feel better through the power of meaningful touch.
Co-Owner, CEO & President
Scott Deidun, MBA, is a graduate of Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Scott has served in various leadership roles in education, with the majority of that time being spent in massage therapy. In 2013, Scott was presented with an “Excellence in Education” award by Massage Envy for his work with that organization.
Katherine “Katie”Dudero, DC
Director of Education
Katherine Dudero is a National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and State (Virginia Board of Medicine) licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with nine years of experience in private practice and three years of experience as an anatomy and physiology instructor.
She began her career as a chiropractor in Hawaii following graduation from Life Chiropractic College West, where she received the Clinical Excellence Award.
Financial Aid Director, Instructor
Stasia Kemp, is a State Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since graduating from AKS Massage School, formerly located in Herndon, VA, with honors in 2005, she has worked closely with chiropractors, acupuncturists, and medical doctors to develop wellness plans for clients and treat chronic pain. Specializing in Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release Massage has allowed her to work with clients from all walks of life; from children to the elderly, and from athletes to those forced into a sedentary lifestyle due to chronic disorders.
Phyllis comes to us with 15+ years of extensive customer service experience. Fueled by a passion for hospitality and assisting others, she earned her Associates Degree in Hospitality Management in 2015. Her bright and inviting smile is a glimpse into the family-like culture that our students, instructors, and clients have come to expect with AMBI. Though not a native to Northern Virginia, Phyllis spent the majority of her childhood in NoVA and returned to the area in 2011. Since then, she has enjoyed frequent worldly travels and brings those experiences back to share with us all.
ErinErb Hughes, MS, PT, LMT and AMBI Graduate
Erin came to AMBI after serving as a Physical Therapist for over 20 years in multiple clinical settings. Erin is also a personal trainer as well as the author of several continuing education textbooks. Erin brings a wealth of bodywork experience and is an advocate for the bodywork industry, students, and this school. Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, both degrees from Boston University.
Kelley Howard is a licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With 18 years of experience in the field, she was first certified in Maryland where she developed a private practice working alongside other therapists and acupuncturists.
Here in Virginia, she took additional courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and medical terminology. She is currently working in a chiropractic clinic and growing a mobile private practice. Her certifications are in myofacial and deep tissue massage, as well as infant massage instruction. Presently she is practicing and working toward certification in Tui Na.
Shawnna is a Washington, D.C. native. She has been a state licensed massage therapist in Washington, D.C. and Virginia for the past 9 years. After graduating from the National Massage Therapy Institute in 2010, Shawnna continued gaining further knowledge in the field by obtaining numerous certifications and volunteering her services for local organizations. She specializes in chair massage and deep tissue massage, with an emphasis on combining deep tissue techniques with a relaxing approach and delivery.
Sylvia has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. Throughout these past 5 years, she has focused on Prenatal Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and developed a deep passion for Myofascial Release. Her driving force has been helping others with pain relief and being able to positively impact a person’s life so they may live more fully. Asked why she is passionate about massage, “it’s a simple tool, the human hand, that can make a really big change in someone’s life in a really positive manner”. Her goal as an instructor is to impart the knowledge she has gained to date.
Gena Ferguson is a Virginia native. She was introduced to the benefits of massage therapy as a young adult. For a year she struggled with low back and hip pain, until she began a treatment plan of regular chiropractic care and massage therapy. Within two months all of Gena's symptoms were alleviated. The results were impressive and the healing power of massage therapy (and chiropractic care!) was undeniable. It was at this point that Gena knew she wanted to be a massage therapist.
Gena graduated from The Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in March of 2012 and has been a licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia ever since. She specializes in assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and the application of deep tissue techniques. She maintains an active practice in Loudoun County.
Morgana Alexander is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition to 9 years of experience, she is Board certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a member of the American Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Specializing in deep tissue, sports massage, and injury rehabilitation, Morgana has worked with thousands of clients in spa and clinical settings as well as sporting and corporate events.
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